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Swanson Center Design Talks

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) -About fifty young men call the Swanson Center for Youth home.  They are teen offenders who are getting a second chance here at a center that dates back to 1935.

It's showing it's age and doesn't meet the modern needs of preparing young men to no longer be threats to society.

The senate finance committee considered budgeting a state of the art rebuilding of the Monroe center.

"The city senate finance committee will be heard this afternoon...what is being discussed right now in HB Two is a design phase of the two facilities at Jetson and Swanson...so these are not construction funds...these are design funds.'' said Jerel Giarrusso, Office of Juvenile Justice Communications Director.

The bill would free up design funds for new building in Monroe and at Youth centers in Bunkie and Baton Rouge.

Giarrusso says the construction will not begin before the design funding is approved.  Once that is done, they will choose architects to begin the first phase.

She said the design may be very similar but there has to be designs specific to the site that their on, and that you can't discuss cost of construction until you see what the design looks like.

Giarrusso says new buildings will allow up to 70 teens, plus new programs like indoor and outdoor recreation, family therapy, and medical services.

Robert Gregory lives next to Swanson and thinks the upgrade is a good idea.
    
"I see it helps a whole lot of them and gives them a facility to go" said Gregory.

 A decision on the design budget should be reached by June, but Giarrusso says they are excited to just be talking about a new modern facility for the teens.




  




   
     
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